Monday, February 8, 2016

Dietary Supplements Now Has Office at FDA

From Whole Foods Magazine 
(not the Whole Foods Market)

The Dietary Supplement Programs has been elevated from a division to an office at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  According to an FDA statement, "Elevating the program’s position will raise the profile of dietary supplements within the agency, and will enhance the effectiveness of dietary supplement regulation by allowing ODSP to better compete for government resources and capabilities to regulate this rapidly expanding industry."

Several industry trade associations—the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the United Natural Products Alliance—previously voiced their support for this move.

The groups stated the change not only underscores the tremendous growth of the industry since the division was established in 1994, but it will also help the agency take more aggressive enforcement action when needed and will elevate the visibility of dietary supplement safety and FDA compliance.  Read the entire article.

My Thoughts:
This can be seen as a very good thing.  Those companies who have been in alignment with the FDA, such as Nature's Sunshine, will be rewarded for their superior quality emphasizing potency and purity.  Too many companies have fudged their labeling and with the labeling laws as they are, it works for them.

Many of the testings now being done to find out the purity and potency of supplements are coming up empty-handed with some of them not even having some of the ingredients listed in the bottle at all.  What a waste of finances!  And if you were just "giving herbs a try" it certainly doesn't get much of a faith factor after it doesn't help.

Nature's Sunshine has always guaranteed potency and purity because they have the millions of dollars worth of equipment to test raw materials and to test the manufacturing process every step of the way.  There are 588 tests used to guarantee the quality standards that Nature's Sunshine insists on. View the video or read the article.

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We Can Transform Our Lives

It's Time To Get Rid of Your Stuff
By Clint Byars

We all need to make changes, we all want to make changes but unfortunately, too many of us have settled for our current struggles and emotional issues. But I have good news, you can change!

Each and every believer in Christ has become a new creature. We have been given a new heart, God has placed his spirit within us, he has translated us into his kingdom, he has sanctified and made us holy through the offering of the body and blood of Christ, he has made us joint-heirs with Jesus, he has raised us to a place of authority with Christ, he has hidden us with Christ in himself, and the list goes on...

Because of these truths we are spiritually complete. Now, the path for each believer is transformation. Transformation happens when we live from our spiritual identity in Christ in any given area.    

Read the entire article and/or watch the video.

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Who Owns Organic? Eggs and More!

Let's start off with egg production.  What's best?
Free Range? Organic? High Omega 3's? 

Understand more about specific egg categories with this article:
How to Shop for Eggs

What's become of all those organic and natural food companies that we've known over the years.  How exciting it was to see more and more coming out and then to see organic foods actually hit the supermarkets was divine, or so we thought.  The reality is that organic became a big consumer consideration and the "big guys" were losing sales and market share.  Corporations like General Mills, Pepsi, Kellogg's, Dannon, Coca-Cola, Post, M&M's and more.

The first wave of acquisitions of
 organic processors was concentrated between December, 1997 and October, 2002. This period coincides with the initial release of the draft USDA organic standards and its full implementation in October, 2002.

A second wave of acquisitions in the organic sector has been occurring since 2012. Surprisingly few major corporate agribusinesses note ownership ties on their acquisitions’ product labels.

The chart was updated in January 2016.  

View an enlarged chart when you read the entire article.

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2015 Top 10 Health, Cancer, and Science Breakthroughs

New Cancer Treatments Can Save a President–or a Baby

U.S. President Jimmy Carter drew attention to new advances in immunotherapy treatments when it cured his brain cancer in just four months.

Here’s how it works: The human immune system doesn’t always see cancer cells, so they can grow unchecked. Immunotherapy changes the equation, strengthening the body’s immune system to include killing cancer. Laboratories all over the world announced breakthroughs this year.

Scientists in the UK were able to inject an altered cold-sore virus into cancer cells, signaling the immune system to attack tumors — and to maintain a “memory” that created new antibodies to kill future cancer cells.

Researchers in Texas used a similar method to cause prostate cancer cells to effectively “self-destruct” by exposing themselves to a newly trained immune system. Coupled with traditional radiation treatment, it led to a 20% improvement in the number of patients surviving at least five years following treatment.

Read the entire article with photographs and 9 more health science breakthroughs.  Amazing what can happen in a year's time!

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Do Dogs Experience Guilt?

Whitey - Dad's Dog
We’ve all seen the dog-shaming photos on the web, with forlorn pups standing next to a pile of rubbish and a poster-board explaining their “crime.”

Pet parents are convinced that dogs express guilt, because we’ve seen it in their eyes! But how much of that look is based on something that they feel independently of your look of disappointment?

Canine behavior researchers took a look at this common belief, and the results just might surprise you! Don’t wait, read this illuminating post now!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Nature In Us Newsletter - 2/1/16

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The Nature In Us Newsletter
February 1, 2016
By Donna L. Watkins

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed." ~ Kahlil Gibran"

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Spiritual & Days Gone By
When I was growing up in the 50's there seemed to be days to do different aspects of housework.  Of course, most women stayed at home as mothers and homemakers.  I remember there being certain days for washing clothes, another day for all that ironing.  I never understood why you bother to iron sheets?!  But with the linen fabric they did wrinkle a lot.  Anybody remember the sprinkler bottle that you moistened clothes with before ironing?

Many people had needlework kitchen towels and we had a set of 7, one for each day, stating what was to be done on that day.  I thought that was pretty cool.  I actually have one of those towels.  My mom did needlework so I don't know if she did them or not.

Mending day ... I bet some younger folks would ask what that was.  These days if something gets a hole in it, it just gets tossed out and a new item purchased.  A very different lifestyle and thought process from 5 decades ago.  I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country so things may have stayed simpler there than many places in the country due to the influence of the Amish and Mennonites.

Birds -  The big Virginia snow storm brought a lot of birds in before, during and after.  Let me thank all of you who emailed concerned whether we were okay.  Sweet! :-) Flocks of Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, American Goldfinch and House Finches increased greatly. They love to catch what the birds drop from the feeder.  The goldfinches enjoy the thistle sock with thistle seed and just cover it with as many that can fit on. Yesterday a White-throated Sparrow took a bath in the bird bath on the deck.

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 Tufted Titmouse Looking Cute
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Our Carolina Wrens enjoy themselves without much social environment between other species.  They toss a lot of the seed on the ground from the feeders digging through to find a bug.  The White-breasted Nuthatch comes to grab some suet and seeds.  They are so much fun to watch since they always go down the tree from above, rather than moving up.  The Eastern Bluebird has been a frequent visitor to the suet feeders.  We usually put mealworms out, but as it was so warm through November and December I never got them ordered, so the suet is making them happy.

The Tufted Titmouse and Black-capped Chickadees continued their routine of grabbing

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Holy Spirit Is a Better Teacher Than the Law

by Clint Byars, Forward Ministries

I get confused when I talk to some Christians about the Old Covenant Law and works. It's as if as soon as you bring up the Law the conversation drifts toward works. It's almost like some Christians don't know that the Law was for a 1500 year period of time before the Holy Spirit was given.

It's almost as if some Christians think that God still relates to us based on our works rather than based on the indwelling of His spirit. It's almost as if some Christians think that saying we're no longer under the Law means our actions are of no consequence. Hmmm, go figure ;-)

Of course our actions matter now but they don't affect our right standing with God. Righteousness is a spiritual condition that doesn't come through keeping laws. The OC Law was never meant for righteousness because again, keeping laws doesn't give you spiritual life. works matter now? Of course, but why bring up the Law when we start talking about works? Do you see where I'm going? The Law is fulfilled and had its place. If you'd like to discuss Christian behavior, that's another subject all together.

I believe the Holy Spirit is a much better teacher than external laws. Believers are under the influence of God's inner presence that is ever present and leads us according to His truth and life. By the way, the Holy Spirit will never violate any of His previously revealed morality and justice.

Our deeds and works will be tried at the final judgment but that's not for righteousness, that's for reward. Even unbeliever's works are not judged for righteousness. The righteousness issue is settled. One must understand that it's settled when taking the conversation to how we're to live as believers. The Holy Spirit has the power, whereas the Law did not, to empower us to live worthy of the holiness and righteousness we've been given in Christ. But the Holy Spirit doesn't empower you to keep the Law, He empowers you to have life and that more abundantly.

Now that the Spirit of God has been given, let's teach people to look to Him for guidance rather than rules than only reveal sin. Let's inspire people to trust God because when they do their hearts will be open to Him and they will be infused with a power that is not their own.

I pray that when you mess up, you don't wonder if you've lost position with God. I pray that the next time you mess up you rest easy knowing you're forgiven and God still loves you. And I pray the next time you mess up you make the decision that you don't want that behavior in your life anymore and you turn to God for grace to overcome those destructive behaviors.

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